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Irregular asylum claims increased in July after a two-month decline

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Numbers have been decreasing since May, but the issue is an ongoing headache for Trudeau as provincial officials raise concerns over costs incurred from asylum seekers seeking housing, social assistance and schooling.

Ontario freezes broader public sector executive pay

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The move, affecting those who make $100,000 or more, is part of Premier Doug Ford’s pledge to audit government books, assess the province’s financial position and find $6 billion in ‘efficiencies’.

‘Manafort and his lies’ at heart of case, prosecution argues

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Paul Manafort chose not to testify or call any witnesses in his defence.

Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing at least 48

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Officials blamed Daesh, which has carried similar attacks in the past, hitting mosques, schools and cultural centres.

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Boat sinks on Nile River in Sudan, killing 22

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The boat was carrying more than 40 students on their way to school when one of its engines broke down at the middle of the river, the country’s state news agency said. The victims’ bodies have not yet been recovered.

Two Hells Angels arrested in crackdown on alleged drug ring in Quebec

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Police say those arrested include the alleged head of the network, Bernard Plourde, who is described as a member in good standing of the gang’s Trois-Rivieres chapter.

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Esther the Wonder Pig diagnosed with cancer following CT scan, expected to undergo surgery

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Owners Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter had raised $651,000 to bring a CT scanner to Ontario to test Esther after she fell ill.

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Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse as blame begins to shift

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The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much as 45 metres to the ground in Genoa on Tuesday.

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Fredericton woman recounts ‘most terrifying moment of my life’ in wake of deadly shooting

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Vicki McKay awoke to the crack of gunfire, the shots fired two floors above her in a Fredericton apartment complex.

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Children’s jackets recalled in Canada due to drawstring hazard

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Health Canada says the Calikids nylon waterproof shell jacket, style S1654, are sold in blue, pink, red and yellow colours.

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Man shot in neck will likely survive after officer’s quick action, Toronto police say

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A man in his 20s to 30s was taken to a trauma centre on an emergency run with a serious gunshot wound to his back, paramedics said. Police have one man in custody and are searching the area for a possible second suspect.

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Vermont nominates first transgender candidate for governor

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Christine Hallquist’s win is a remarkable milestone, even for an election year already dominated by an influx of women and a record number of candidates who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender or queer.

Privately run cannabis stores are best way to curb black market, Ontario Tories say

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Finance Minister Vic Fedeli cited a government poll in saying most heavy marijuana users prefer private over publicly run stores, though other studies have shown Canadians are largely split on how they would prefer to buy their pot.

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Plaque replacing Sir John A. Macdonald statue defaced, Victoria keeping monument

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The city is continuing to discuss the best place to locate the statue with First Nations and the community.

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Sidewalk Labs unveils plans for timber towers, raincoats for buildings in Quayside, but Torontonians must wait for data details

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The Google sister company talked innovation plans for the “Smart City” but refrained from going into details on data protections and security.

Toronto train travellers ‘just missed’ deadly Italian bridge collapse

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A huge section of the Morandi Bridge — on a main highway linking Italy and France — collapsed Tuesday in the port city of Genoa during a sudden violent storm, sending vehicles and tonnes of twisted steel and concrete plunging 45 metres…

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Kyle Howard-Muthulingam, 16, identified as teen who drowned in rescue attempt at Woodbine Beach

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Howard-Muthulingam “was trying to assist others in need on Friday when this tragedy occurred,” the TDSB wrote in a note to its community Tuesday. “Kyle will be surely missed by our students and staff.”

Veteran Peel police officer demoted after showing ‘blatant disregard for public safety’

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Const. Chris Cull, who’s been with the force 12 years, had pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

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Toronto Star nominated for Online Journalism Award for its coverage of the Yonge St. van attack

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The other two finalists in the category are the New York Times for its coverage of the Las Vegas shooting and the Costa Rican outlet La Nacion for its work on the search operation of the submarine ARA San Juan.

Judge’s errors led to cop’s acquittal on sex assault charges, Crown says

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Prosecutor says Ontario Court Justice Russell Otter failed to consider the “improbability of coincidence” that two strangers would make such similar allegations against Sgt. Christopher Heard.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Young Canadians’ use of technology creating health-care ‘generation gap,’ doctors warn

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Young adults are adopting technologies on an unprecedented scale, which is creating what the Canadian Medical Association calls a “growing health-care generation gap.”

Trump talks for 28 minutes on bill named for John McCain — without saying his name

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The president studiously avoided reading the official name of the legislation officially called the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.

Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles

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Nearly 200 insurgents, many of them foreigners, have been killed, the government said

Are Toronto’s elites really downtown? It’s not so simple

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As the middle class disappears, data shows high- and low-income islands are becoming a trend all across the megacity.

Monday, Aug 13

Staples thought a woman’s pregnant belly was a stash of stolen goods. It wasn’t

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The office supply store issued an apology to the woman, who was 34-weeks pregnant with twins.

U.S. Pentagon chief defends his reversal on Space Force

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U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, despite previously opposing the project, voiced his approval for the sixth, separate military service days after U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence announced the Trump administration would push for its…

Man charged with second-degree murder in Brampton father’s death

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Police say the death was the result of an altercation at a cottage in Gravenhurst, Ont., north of Toronto. The 67-year-old was found dead at the scene.

Trump predicts large boycott against Harley-Davidson

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After a meeting with 180 ‘Bikers For Trump’, the U.S. president said many customers are against the Milwaukee-based company over its plans to move manufacturing overseas

Sunday, Aug 12

And we have liftoff! NASA solar probe en route to the sun for the closest look ever

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The Parker Solar Probe, which launched on Sunday, is considered by scientists to be the coolest, hottest mission under the sun.

Fredericton Pride parade ‘a way to celebrate even in the midst of this grief’

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Mayor Mike O’Brien said the Fredericton Pride parade was a way for residents to begin healing in the wake of the shooting that killed four.

Five people sent to hospital after ‘incident’ at Abbotsford, B.C., airport

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The Abbotsford International Airshow says in a Facebook post that the incident happened after the show and involved a passenger flight.

‘Nothing’s going to stop us’: Taste of the Danforth festival a mix of celebration and remembrance

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Organizers said the multicultural street festival was drawing huge crowds on Saturday, as attendees paid tribute to the victims of last month’s mass shooting on the Danforth.

Saturday, Aug 11

Man killed after motorcycle and SUV collide in Vaughan

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The fatal collision took place shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the area of Jane St. and Major Mackenzie Dr. W.

Trump threatens auto tariffs against Canada if trade talks fail

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In a tweet that appeared to reference NAFTA’s renegotiation, the U.S. president said the “deal with Mexico is coming along nicely” and that “Canada must wait.” Trump then sent a warning to Ottawa.

Michael Brown’s mother calls for reinvestigation into fatal shooting

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Lezley McSpadden, who’s also running for Ferguson City Council, has started an online petition demanding her 18-year-old son’s case be revisited, although the Missouri governor’s office claims it cannot grant her wish.

It was two shootings too many for Fredericton woman who was on the Danforth during July gun attack

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Woman who heard the sirens responding to Friday’s shooting in Fredericton was just a few blocks away when Toronto’s Danforth shooting happened.

Friday, Aug 10

Trump used the ‘N’ word during Celebrity Apprentice, his former aide Omarosa Newman says

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The claims the U.S. president used a racial epithet, based on hearsay, are among the more explosive that Manigault Newman makes in the book, Unhinged. It was first reported by the British publication The Guardian, which had an early copy.

Worker airlifted to hospital in life-threatening condition after fall at Vaughan construction site

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A male construction worker in his 50s fell and was taken to a trauma centre by Ornge air ambulance in life-threatening condition, police said.

Mueller requests Trump-related portion of Manafort’s trial be kept secret

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The evidence was revealed during a private discussion between federal Virginia Judge T.S. Ellis and lawyers representing Manafort and his former associate Rick Gates, Mueller charged in a filing.

Man who blew up suspected Woodbridge gambling den sentenced to three years in prison

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Convicted arsonist Juan Munoz’s co-accused has pleaded not guilty and appeared in court on Aug. 9.